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3 organizations receive nearly $20,000 in grants for education, nutrition

MATTHEWS, MO (KFVS) -

Three area organizations will receive nearly $20,000 in grants from Monsanto Fund’s 2015 site grant initiative.

Employees from Monsanto’s Matthews bean site recently selected the organizations to receive a total of $19,500.

Organizations receiving the grants include: Bernie R-XIII School District, Scott County R-IV School District and the Stoddard County Gospel Mission (SCGM). Representatives from these organizations and the fund celebrated the grants with a group check presentation July 23.

Funds from the grants will be used to provide nutritious meals to nearly 2,000 individuals through the SCGM, and enhance youth education in area school districts by providing students with the latest hands-on technologies. Bernie R-XIII will incorporate robotics into school curriculum to motivate and engage gifted students through the explore robotics program, and Scott County R-IV will purchase 23 Chromebooks for students to utilize in math and science classrooms.

“It feels amazing to partner with Monsanto as we try to make a difference in the lives of many food-insecure families in our area,” said Kim Slavings, director of the SCGM. “I am excited to purchase protein-rich foods with these funds to help promote healthy eating to families in need.”

Employees from the Matthews site have volunteered the past three years to host food drives and fundraisers supporting the SCGM. For Bernie R-XIII and Scott County R-IV school districts, this marks the first year either school has worked with the Matthews site, but safety technician Jason Houston expressed an emphasis on education as a top priority amongst site employees.

 “We nominated these school districts for the grants based on the need and desire to provide the best education possible to our area students with state-of-the-art technology,” said Houston. “This opportunity will without a doubt enrich learning, allow for more interaction, increase classroom participation and create new learning opportunities for students.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations through the site grant initiative to help address critical needs in rural communities.

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